State Rep. Joe Atkins
In the original Environment and Agriculture budget bill that passed the legislature during the regular session there was a provision to raid the $8.1 million metro landfill emergency response account and spend it on unrelated projects. This emergency response account protects the safety of people who live within a few miles of the state’s two largest landfills, which are located in Inver Grove Heights and Burnsville. Fortunately this bill was vetoed, which gave us one final chance to save the emergency response account in the special session.
In my mind’s eye, Betsy always will be my baby sister. As she walked down the aisle Sunday, everyone else saw a beautiful woman. But to me she’ll always be the freckle-faced, red-headed, curly-haired little girl who interrupted our front-yard baseball games by sprinting through the infield naked.
Clearly, she inherited the Bromley shyness gene.
There was no nudity Sunday, as Betsy managed to keep her wedding dress on while walking down the aisle. And there was nothing infantile about my baby sister, who in an instant became a wife and stepmother. We saw a family created before our very eyes. Even for an embittered old skeptic like me, it was a precious sight.
The traditional saying is that Minnesota has two seasons: winter and road construction. Major construction projects have begun throughout the eight counties of the 10th Judicial District, as well as numerous smaller projects. These projects now display a large and clear sign warning of $300 fines for violations of the posted work zone speed limit. Why is that?
Have you ever thought about installing a rain garden on your property, but you didn’t know where to start? I’ve thought about putting a rain garden in my backyard this spring – in an area that gets a lot of runoff and is near a stormwater pond. Fortunately, I know exactly where to go for information on how to do it. The Oakdale Environmental Management Commission has put together a simple educational packet with rain garden standards and design examples, and it is available for the asking.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain
Pond dipping at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 6, as a part of Explore Your Parks Day. (Submitted photo)
The long awaited spring has finally arrived. Goodbye snow and icy roads, dreary days spent indoors, and abundant layers of clothes. Hello mud. Mud is an inevitable part of spring, but it can be a big problem for local lakes and streams when it doesn’t stay put on the land. Active building sites can be particularly problematic, even when they’re relatively small. Dirt can wash into wetlands, as well as storm sewers that connect to nearby lakes and streams, clouding the water and smothering fish spawning areas. The dirt is often rich in phosphorus as well, which translates into algae blooms in lakes and wetlands later in the summer.
The walls of this authentic one-room sod house, reconstructed and preserved inside the Plainsman Museum in Aurora, Nebraska, show clearly how they were made—there’s still grass sticking out. Pioneers brightened the space as best they could, with colorful quilts and fabric tacked to the boards that held up the ceiling. The fabric also had a very practical benefit. (Pamela O’Meara/Review staff)
As I arrived in Omaha, Nebraska, recently on my way to the Platte River to see the sandhill crane migration, I was reminded of my great-grandparents who emigrated there from Russia around 1880.